View Full Version : a6m3 tailhook

03-15-2005, 11:37 AM
In my last post I asked for some info on the a6m2 1940 and a6m3 and somehow things turned out on v-1 rockets etc. I did howewver fix my mistle issue and can now take off in it.

So my question remains, does or was the a6m3 a carrier based zero or was it land based only??? It seems to have a slot for the tail hook but it wont come down and im using H as my set key for tailhooks..

03-15-2005, 11:44 AM
The Hap was land based only...

03-15-2005, 04:19 PM
As far as I know...it was land use only. No tail hooks used. The irony was that the clipped wings were I think initially to deal with carrier storage.

03-15-2005, 04:31 PM
The A6m3 was originally meant for carrier ops like all the others. The increased fuel consumption of the more powerful engine limited its range and the added ammunition for the 20MM cannons along with the increase weight of the new engine made the plane inapropriate for carrier ops. I think the wing tips were originally shortened to make the plane easier to produce and the ability to fold the wing tips was removed early in the production run to reduce weight. The rounded tips were reintroduced toward the end of the M3's run to decrease the plane's wing loading.

03-15-2005, 04:54 PM
well, most sources are saying the A6M3 Model 32 (like its is in game) was mainly used from landbases because of its reduced range.
neverthelss here it also had proplems. so it cant fly from Rabaul to Guadalcanal and back in summer 1942 ! so the japanese had still to use the slower , but better turner, A6M2 Modell 21 .

japanese pilots dont liked the Modell 32 because of range and because it had a wider turnradius than the Modell21.

solution: from December 42 on the A6M3 Model 22 (only combat ready version of the Zero that is missiing in game http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ) was introduced. its in general a Model32 with the wings of the Model21.
it had additional tanks in its wings , because the engine needed, as already said, more fuel.

the Modell 22 was at least based on one japanese carrier ,the ZUIKAKU.

and as always , baugher has a nice summary http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


03-15-2005, 05:56 PM
think the lifts where just smaller than zero's, hence the folding tips on the early ones

03-15-2005, 10:04 PM
Thanks all for your prompt responses. I guess im gonna have to fly a different zero from the carriers after midway.

Another question, if you download a mission made by someone else and change planes>>>> i downloaded tankershell and put myself in one of the stukas instead of a sturmovik and it wont take off, i can throttle up, flaps, rudder etc but it wont budge unless i wiggle the rudder. it will however start in the air, same problem on a pearl harbor 4 mission in a val using a aep map? very strange indeed.

03-15-2005, 11:18 PM
IIRC, the clip wing A6M3 have little more power engine than old A6M2, and it specially design to dive better than the old series. (correct me if i'm wrong)

Also all A6M3 funds are sponsor by some private corporate company.

03-16-2005, 02:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by stugumby:
Thanks all for your prompt responses. I guess im gonna have to fly a different zero from the carriers after midway.


the Modell 21 was flown in all 4 carrierbattles of 1942 - so also in the 2 after midway , Eastern Solomons and Santa Cruz.